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Daoud Kuttab

Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. Mr. Kuttab is the former director of the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University in Ramallah, Palestine and the founder of AmmanNet, the Arab world's first internet radio station. His personal web page is www.daoudkuttab.com. Close.

Daoud Kuttab

Jerusalem/Amman, Jordan

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist. He was born in Jerusalem in 1955. He is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University in the United States. more »

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December 17, 2007 8:39 AM

Cairo's Win-Win Solution

**Editor's Note: This piece was written in response to a question asking panelists to choose the best of six proposals on how to move forward on climate change. Read More Panelist Views**


I would support the ‘Be Realistic’ option. I remember visiting Cairo last year and noticing for the first time that the usual smog that has always hovered over the city was not as bad as usual. When I asked a local taxi driver about it, he told me that he and most other taxi drivers were using natural gas instead of gasoline to fuel their vehicles. He said that the cost of converting to natural gas was about 5,000 Egyptian pounds, (roughly $700) but that their financial savings from using natural gas paid for the conversion in a short time. After that they were able to take home more money than when they had used gasoline and of course they helped the environment.

Of course, Egypt has plenty of natural gas and they have set up many natural gas stations throughout the capital city. This was a win-win situation: the taxi drivers were happy and the air had cleared up. This might not work in another country where natural gas is not available or cheap, but it has worked in Egypt. There are times when conservation has to be mandated, but for the most successful environmental options, a practical win-win situation is always better and longer-lasting.




December 29, 2008 11:17 AM

Gaza Siege Will End in 2009

I predict that in 2009, the siege on Gaza will end. The 1.5 million Palestinians holed up in the tiny strip south of Israel will be allowed to travel freely. Goods and services will be able to move in and out of this embattled region. I also predict that Palestinians will hold presidential and parliamentary elections (closer to the end of the year) and a more sane parliament will be elected.

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